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John Wesley Cotton

(1868 - 1931)
A native of Dundas, Ontario, Canada, John Wesley Cotton was an accomplished and versatile artist who worked in oils, watercolor, graphite and graphic media. He studied in Toronto, at the Art Institute of Chicago and in London with the etcher Eli Marsden Wilson. Following World War I he moved to California and became a noted and widely exhibited landscapist.

At some point in the 1920s Cotton visited New Mexico and produced a small group (perhaps four in total) of colored aquatint/etchings. The aquatint medium, which Cotton became a master of, is perhaps the most technically demanding of all graphic media.

His charming scene of the Santuario de Chimayo is a classic image that evokes the poetic quality of Maxfield Parrish’s vibrantly colorful work.